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About Rena Mason
Rena Mason is a three-time Bram Stoker Award® recipient for The Evolutionist and “The Devil’s Throat,” as well as a 2014 Stage 32 /The Blood List Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest Quarter-Finalist. She has published fiction and nonfiction in various anthologies, magazines, and books on writing.
She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The International Screenwriters’ Association, and the Public Safety Writers Association. Please visit her website for more information: www.RenaMason.Ink
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Stories of famous monsters in a new horror anthology featuring Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.
Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau, the Headless Horseman, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wicked Witch of the West—they're all here, in this collection of horror short stories that reimagine, subvert, and pay homage to our favorite monsters and creatures.
Written by the biggest names in the genre—including Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Owl Goingback, Richard Christian Matheson, Maurice Broaddus, Dacre Stoker, Seanan McGuire, Linda D. Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Mercedes M. Yardley, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary A. Braunbeck, Rena Mason, and Monique Snyman.
And monstrously illustrated by Colton Worley and Mister Sam Shearon.
Proudly represented by both Crystal Lake Publishing and Black Spot Books.
Offering original new stories from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the hottest up-and-coming talents, Other Fears will provide the ultimate reading experience for horror fans who want to celebrate fear of “the other.” Be they of a different culture, a different background, a different sexual preference, a different belief system, or a different skin color, some people simply aren’t part of the dominant community—and are perceived as scary. Humans are almost instinctively inclined to fear what’s different, as foolish as that may be, and there are a multitude of individuals who have spent far too long on the outside looking in. And the thing about the outside is . . . it’s much larger than you think.
In Other Fears, horror writers from a multitude of underrepresented backgrounds will be putting a new, terrifying spin on what it means to be “the other.” People, places, and things once considered normal will suddenly appear different, striking a deeper, much more primal, chord of fear. Are our eyes playing tricks on us, or is there something truly sinister lurking under the surface of what we thought we knew? And who among us who is really of the other, after all?
"At Last, an Authoritative Compendium to (Fictional) Haunted Buildings for the Delight and Exploration of Reader-Travelers Around the Globe."
For nearly forty years, renowned paranormal investigator Professor Charlatan Bardot has examined, documented, and acquired stories of haunted buildings around the world. Partnered with leading anthologist Eric J. Guignard, and gifted artists Steve Lines and James Gabb, the greatest of Charlatan's discoveries are made available now in this comprehensive travel anthology!
From the Philippines' tragic Ame-Soeur Clothing Factory, to Sweden's reverent Fish Church; from Tanzania's vengeful Unguja Restaurant, to Canada's cursed Crow Island Lighthouse, Charlatan Bardot presents a lifetime of experience and insight into paranormal architecture.
27 feature stories and 36 tiny tales are included of haunted temples, diners, hotels, shops, hospitals, outposts, theaters, and other building types, along with maps, travel notes, illustrations, and more, all designed to provide an immersive experience for veteran travelers and armchair ghost hunters alike!
Enter Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World and explore the strange and curious locales of the globe and of your imagination.
Modern technology has brought some new twists and turns to horror. Found footage, cell phone-based viruses, literal ghosts in the machines but maybe it's time for a throwback. It's time for some new tales of slumber party horrors, VCR monsters, and problems that can't be solved with a smart phone. We want tales of unstoppable monsters, sewer-dwelling creatures, looming threats of cold-war chaos. Give us fear under the neon lights of an arcade, people fighting for their lives against the backdrop of a hot city night and a cheesy sax solo. Take us back to a time when latchkey kids had to fend for themselves and the only thing left to stop an unspeakable horror was a plucky band of high school kids. Make it bloody. Make it gnarly. Make it 80s!
Featuring over 20 Bram Stoker Award winning and Best Selling Authors such as Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, Weston Ochse, Lisa Morton, Grady Hendrix, Tim Waggoner, Christina Sng, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Jess Landry, Vince Liaguno, F. Paul Wilson, John Skipp, Linda D Addison and many more.
"Reading Attack from the '80s brings on a nostalgia tinged with blood. It's like being impaled on a time machine and dragged through sickly houses haunted by serial killers, spooky fairgrounds where kids vanish, woodlands stalked by unnameable beasts ... and it is wonderful. I'm in my teens again, and the horrors are more terrifying than ever." -Tim Lebbon, author of Eden
"Attack from the '80s sends us rollicking back into the pop culture madness of that genre, and does it with creeps, fun, and great storytelling from today's top horror writers!" -Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of Ink and Rot & Ruin
"Deliriously, deliciously gruesome, Attack from the '80s is a treat for horror fans looking for the hard stuff. An all-star lineup of writers inspired by that gnarliest of decades. Rad!" -David Wellington, Marvel Zombies, Monster Island
"Over twenty tales thrown back into an era where horror bled out of every corner of the literary universe, ATTACK FROM THE 80s culls some of the best writers today, many of whom suffered through the decade to carve deep into the psyche. From subtle to all out gore and glam, this anthology rocks harder than boomboxes, MTV, and hair-metal! Do not miss it." -Dave Simms, Cemetery DanceTable of Contents
Introduction by Mick Garris
Top Guns of the Frontier by Weston Ochse
Snapshot by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
The Devil in the Details by Ben Monroe
Return of the Reanimated Nightmare by Linda Addison
Taking the Night Train by Thomas F. Monteleone
Catastrophe Queens by Jess Landry
Your Picture Here by John Skipp
Permanent Damage by Lee Murray
Slashbacks by Tim Waggoner
Munchies by Lucy A. Snyder
Ten Miles of Bad Road by Stephen Graham Jones
Epoch, Rewound by Vince A. Liaguno
Demonic Denizens by Cullen Bunn
The White Room by Rena Mason
Ghetto Blaster by Jeff Strand
Haddonfield, New Jersey 1980 by Cindy O'Quinn
When He Was Fab by F. Paul Wilson
Welcome to Hell by Christina Sng
Perspective: Journal of a 1980s Mad Man by Mort Castle
Mother Knows Best by Stephanie M. Wytovich
Stranger Danger by Grady Hendrix
The Garden of Dr. Moreau by Lisa Morton
Legends tell of a hollow earth, a world beneath our own. A world filled with wonders... and danger. But what if the legends are true?
Delve into dark worlds in HELLHOLE, where death lurks around every corner, and come face to face with creatures from your worst nightmares in this collection of dark thrillers. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Bram Stoker Award winner Rena Mason headline a cast of bestselling and award-winning authors.
Praise for Hellhole!
“Deliciously gory and enough monsters and mayhem in the depths to satisfy even the most jaded spelunker!”
William Meikle, author of The Valley
“A thrilling collection of underground terror from a cross-section of the best horror writers working today. It’ll shine a light on your deepest, darkest fears.”
Alan Baxter, author of Devouring Dark
“A collection of claustrophobic horror that drags readers into the darkness!”
Paul E. Cooley, author of The Derelict Saga
This collection includes:
Introduction by James A. Moore
All the Devils are Here- A Joe Ledger/Lizzie Corbett Adventure by Jonathan Maberry
The Devil's Throat by Rena Mason
A Plague of Locusts by Michael McBride
Pit of Ghosts by Kirsten Cross
Where the Sun Does Not Shine by Paul Mannering
Guard Duty by SD Perry
Black Lung by Aaron Sterns
The Offspring by JH Moncrieff
Ginormous Hell Snake by Jake Bible
Ghosts of Hyperia by Jessica McHugh
He Who Fights by Sean Ellis
Edited by Lee Murray
This month, we have original fiction from David Tallerman ("Great Black Wave") and Marc Laidlaw ("The Finest, Fullest Flowering"), along with reprints by Lucy Taylor ("Things Of Which We Do Not Speak") and Rena Mason ("Ruminations"). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," plus author spotlights with our authors and a feature interview with legendary author Joyce Carol Oates.
Crystal Lake Publishing (Tales from the Darkest Depths) proudly presents this Bram Stoker Award-nominated non-fiction anthology, Horror 101: The Way Forward.
Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.
Ever wanted to be a writer? Make money online? Perhaps you’ve already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.
Horror 101, although written by horror authors, is a must read for any person interested in becoming a writer, be it writing for a hobby or a career.
Horror 101 is not your average On Writing guide. Horror 101 focuses on the career of an author. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.
Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
- are starting their writing careers
- are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
- are looking to pay more bills with their art
- are trying to establish a name brand
- are looking to get published
- are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
Here are just a few of the great articles and essays you can expect:
- Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
- What is Horror by Graham Masterton
- Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
- What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
- Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
- 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
- Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
- Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
- From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
- Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
- Screenplay Writing by Dean M. Drinkel
- Audiobooks by Chet Williamson
- Ghost-writing by Thomas Smith
- Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
- The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
- A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
- Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
- So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
- Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
- Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
- The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, "Yes!" by Anonymous
- Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
- Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
- Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
If you came here to read short stories about tranquil lakes, run to the nearest exit. Run as far away as you can from Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and our array of international voices.
Tales from The Lake volume two also includes the three winners from Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake Horror Writing Competition:
1st: Descending by John Whalen
2nd: Forever Dark by Jonathan Winn
3rd: Ripperscape by Vincenzo Bilof
Beneath this lake you’ll find nothing but mystery and suspense, horror and dread. Not to mention death and misery – tales to share around the campfire or living room floor. Dive beneath a frozen lake with Rena Mason’s “Winter’s Dollhouse”; allow Tim Lebbon to introduce you to “The God of Rain”; don’t go into the lake when Jim Goforth takes you to the haunting sit of “Lago de los Perdidos”; and never get in an elevator again with John Whalen’s award-winning “Descending.”
So dive on in.
The water’s just…right.
Interview with the Authors:
So what makes Tales from The Lake so special?
Ben Eads: As a reader: Legends and up-and-comers in the field of horror consistently knock each volume out of the ball park. It’s a great anthology. As a writer: Aside from sharing the pages with some of the best writers in the biz? The open-theme affords me a broader canvas to write. And, of course, the recognition!
Raven Dane: Publisher Joe Mynhardt and his team of genre enthusiasts strive to bring the reader only the highest quality short fiction in the Tales From The Lake series. Whether the author is well established name or a bright future star, excellence and innovation is always foremost. This is a publishing house with great integrity and passion, a deep-rooted love of horror and total respect for both writer and reader. And no…I do not work for their PR department! This is my genuine experience as both contributor and reader of Crystal Lake books.
Tell us more about your story?
Lisa Morton: It was inspired by two separate ideas: 1) I enjoy weird westerns and wanted to try one; and 2) I was interested in writing something about a succubus, and I had this question: would a gay man be affected by a supernatural temptress who presents as an exotic woman? I started doing a little research on the Old West (train lines, towns, gunslingers, etc.), and the story started to coalesce from there.
Why should readers give this series a try?
Ben Eads: Everyone loves an end of the world story, right?
Raven Dane: The best reason of all, meticulously produced books packed with intriguing stories from an international collection of great writers. There are many horror anthologies available now, with a resurgence of enthusiasm for short fiction. Sadly not all are worth bothering with, to be brutally honest! A reader is in safe hands with a Tales from The Lake volume. Crystal Lake is fast becoming synonymous for high quality production and wonderful story telling.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths
Tales from The Lake eBook categories:
- Horror short stories
- Horror anthologies
- Dark Fiction
- Speculative Fiction
Explore the human condition and the dread of losing loved ones. Walk occult paths and knock on cosmic doors. Run from monsters, both human and supernatural. And do it all while helping two great charities.
A portion of the proceeds from every copy of Blood Bank will be donated to Read Better Be Better and Hagar's House, quarterly, over the next five years. More information can be found on our website.
Blood Bank features stories from Livia Llewellyn, Neil Gaiman, Jo Kaplan, Kristopher Triana, Kealan Patrick Burke, Mona Kabbani, Max Booth III, Joseph Sale, Jay Wilburn, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Rena Mason, Lucy Leitner, Patrick Freivald, and Jeff Strand.
Thank you for helping us spread hope through dark fiction!
But be warned, fellow traveler… this is not just a book—it is a journey into the very life of Death.
Listen to the tales of the afterlife: Halloween, vampires, Heaven, Hell, Armageddon, zombies, death-bringing angels, ghosts, cults, ritual killings, nightmares from Vietnam... The lists goes on and on.
Ever wondered if it was possible to cheat death? To kill Death?
Did you know Death was a girl?
Or that it’s possible to escape and even become death?
The fear of death is as real as you and I.
You’ll be forced to answer the hard questions, and find out the answers to so much more. Like why you’re really here. Or the secret behind our fascination with the afterlife, not to mention the horrors of the actual event. These are not just stories but horrific experiences of pain and death: the deaths of lonely people, famous people, entire worlds, the death of innocence, and the pain of those left behind as they await their turn, wondering what it will be like.
No one is safe from the Reaper!
For your reading pleasure, we have assembled the following souls to share with you their grave stories: Gary A. Braunbeck, Joe McKinney, Rick Hautala, Gary Fry, Ross Warren, Marty Young, Stephen Bacon, Dean M Drinkel, Richard Thomas, Sam Stone, Eric S Brown, Mark Sheldon, Steve Lockley, Robert S. Wilson, Jeremy C Shipp, Jeff Strand, Lawrence Santoro, E.C. McMullen Jr., Rena Mason, John Kenny, and Taylor Grant. And even a bit of poetic justice from Adam Lowe.
Includes artwork by fellow travelers Ben Baldwin and Will Jacques, and an introduction by Gary McMahon.
So sit back and enjoy twenty thrillingly suspenseful horror stories that will allow you to stare into the eyes of the Grim Reaper:
- The Life of Death by Mark Sheldon
- Stumps by Jeff Strand
- Death Squared by Rena Mason
- Rapid Eye Movement by Stephen Bacon
- The Final Room by John Kenny
- The Culling by Richard Thomas
- Crow by Steve Lockley
- Instructions on the Use of The M-57 Clacker by Lawrence Santoro
- The Death Catcher by Robert S. Wilson
- Cedo Looked like people by E.C. McMullen Jr.
- Spectres by Taylor Grant
- The Tubes by Jeremy C. Shipp
- A Life in Five Objects by Ross Warren
- Death Comes for us All by Eric S. Brown
- The Last Resort by Sam Stone
- At the ‘Pay Here, Please’ Table by Gary A. Braunbeck
- Der Engel der Liebe by Dean M Drinkel
- The Frequency of Death by Marty Young
- The Final Peace by Gary Fry
- Do No Harm by Joe McKinney
- Non-Returnable by Rick Hautala
This book is dedicated to posthumously to Rick Hautala and Lawrence Santoro. May their stories never be forgotten.
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths
Fear the Reaper eBook categories:
- Horror Anthology
- Horror Short Stories
- US Horror Fiction
- Supernatural Thriller
- Dark Fantasy Horror
- Horror Suspense
- Horror Poetry
- Disturbing Suspense
- Dark Humor
- Metaphysical Horror
- Apocalyptic Science Fiction
We’ve all seen them.
The abandoned gas station, its pumps gone to rust. The once popular diner, now boarded up, its bright colors fading. A luxury yacht, adrift and alluring. An amusement park, once filled with the laughter of children, now a place of eerie silence.
A church, a factory, a drive-in. Once hives of activity, now they stand mute, each one containing its share of memories…and secrets.
In this collection, editors Joe McKinney and Mark Onspaugh select twenty-two guides who take you to those places of barely glimpsed phantoms and uneasy mysteries, including contributions by Deborah LeBlanc, Harvey Jacobs, Gene O'Neill, Piers Anthony, Lisa Morton, and many others!
But that's not all!
Edited by Jonathan Maberry, this issue features 13 works of horror and dark fantasy by masters of the craft.
“Too Late Now” by Seanan McGuire (Short story)
“Ellende” by Gregory Frost (Short story)
“Lightning Lizzie by Marie Whittaker (Flash Fiction)
The Beguiled Grave” by Marguerite Reed (Short story
“The Last War” by Linda Addison (Poetry)
“To the Marrow” by Rena Mason (Short story)
“Feathers” by Tim Waggoner (Flash Fiction)
“Last Days” by Dacre Stoker and Leverett Butts (Short story)
“Trailer Park Nightmare” by Gabrielle Faust (Flash Fiction)
“No One Survives the Beach” by Weston Ochse (Short story
“Hats” by Joe R. Lansdale (Flash Fiction)
“The Good Wife” by Lee Murray (Short story)
“The Canal” by Alessandro Manzetti (Poetry)